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2022 Programme

Edizione 2022

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“The most dangerous thing to do is to stand still”. This quote by William S. Burroughs inspired the thread of the 19th edition of Festival della Mente: movement. Standing still often means being afraid of any positive change, so the word movement linked to our festival underlines the dynamism and the richness coming from cultural excitement. The vital combination between humanities and scientific disciplines creates a unique, indivisible knowledge.


Through the concept of movement, the festival inquiries into the most urgent topics of our contemporaneity, as well as into the big challenges we must expect in the future: besides the refugee emergency broached in the opening lecture by Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, we will speak about environment, health, war, the Net, teenagers – for we truly believe that in order to solve problems, we first need to be aware of them.

I do hope that the beauty of literature, science, art and history told and shared by the words of our passionate and competent speakers, as well as the festive atmosphere of our festival, will help us all set in motion new energies and hopes to change our society and to build a different world.


I express my gratitude to the promoters of the festival, Fondazione Carispezia with president Andrea Corradino, and the Municipality of Sarzana with Mayor Cristina Ponzanelli, because they still believe that culture is the very heart of growth, development, change and cohesion of a community and of its territory. I would also like to thank the staff, all the collaborators, speakers and volunteers for both their energy and enthusiasm with which, year after year, they greatly contribute to the realization of Festival della Mente.


Benedetta Marietti
Director of Festival della Mente/span>

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All theevents2022


Event #1

Filippo Grandi

The movement of the last

Event #2

Lilia Giugni, Lorenza Pieri

Digital revolution and gender-based violence. Global stories and perspectives.

Event #3

Alessandro Barbero

Life and fate: Mikhail Bulgakov

Event #4

Vasco Brondi

Messy journeys. Fretting while looking for peace

Event #5

Matteo Nucci

Movement and space: Homer and Hemingway

Event #6

Francesca Mannocchi

A view on the war, the war of the view

Event #7

Scott Spencer, Marco Missiroli

Love – without a shore, endless

Event #8

Carlo Alberto Redi, Manuela Monti

Where are we from? Who are we? Where are we going? (And where are we having dinner tonight?)

Event #8 BIS

Carlo Alberto Redi, Manuela Monti

Where are we from? Who are we? Where are we going? (And where are we having dinner tonight?)

Event #9

Giulio Boccaletti

Stand sill, while water flows all around

Event #11

Daria Bignardi, Daria Deflorian

Same name. Moving between spoken and written words

Event #12

Olivier Guez, Maurizio Crosetti

La mano de Dios: a rushing life

Event #13

Matteo Nucci

Movement and time: Plato and Nietzsche

Event #14

Frida Bollani Magoni

Piano and Voice concerto

Event #15

Alessandro Barbero

Life and fate: Anna Achmatova

Event #16

Edoardo Albinati

Out of the world: isolation, solitude and segregation

Event #17

Adriana Albini

Lifestyle and training for a healthy life

Event #18

Giuseppe Piccioni

How a film is made: plots, places and characters

Event #19

Stefano Benzoni

The mental health of our children in an unpredictable world

Event #20

Maurizio Cheli

Travelling above the clouds

Event #22

Velasco Vitali, Roberta Scorranese

A dialogue around the Branco (Pack)

Event #23

Matteo Nucci

Movement and soul: Sappho and Kavafis

Event #24

Mariangela Gualtieri

Catching the Breath

Event #25

Alessandro Barbero

Life and fate: Iosif Brodskij

Event #28Children / Kids

Elena Iodice

Dancing on the stages of Bauhaus

Event #32Children / Kids

Gioia Marchegiani

The book of traveling seeds

Event #34Children / Kids

Gisella Persio

Behind the clouds there is always the sun

Event #36Children / Kids


Almost motionless

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